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Councillor contacts & register of interests

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Note: Councillors have social media accounts that they use to express their own personal views and not necessarily those of council. Any councillor that identifies themselves on a social media page as a councillor is bound by the council’s code of conduct policy.

Cr Kerry Hayes
M: 0438 828 335

Register of interest - May 2020
Councillor Kerry Hayes has an extensive local government history serving as a councillor on the Emerald Shire Council from 1997 – 2008 and then on the Central Highlands Regional Council from 2008 – 2012.

Cr Hayes was elected as Mayor in 2016 and re-elected unopposed in 2020.

Cr Hayes and his partner Bronwen have owned and operated Emerald Land and Cattle Company for just over 30 years. The company has a business reach over the entire Central Queensland region. It provides a range of services and expertise in livestock and property sales and water trading as well as land development.

This incredible practice experience and regional awareness has driven Cr Hayes to want to promote and enhance the Central Highlands to its full potential.

Cr Hayes has provided his skills to many committees and advisory groups over his career including saleyards boards, vegetation management, town and disaster recovery groups.

He is currently chair of the Central Highlands Development Corporation, the Central Highlands Accelerate Agriculture Advisory Group, Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company and the Local Disaster Management Group.

Regionally he has had served as Chair of the Central Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (CQROC) and as a representative on the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) Economic Development Advisory Group.
Cr Christine Rolfe
Deputy Mayor
M: 0438 444 618

Register of interest - April 2020
Register of interest - July 2020
Councillor Christine Rolfe is serving her second term with council and is thrilled to hold the position of deputy mayor – an achievement she ranks as a career highlight.

A business owner, Cr Rolfe is director of Birrong Grazing Company. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has completed AICD’s company director, risk analysis and bookkeeping courses. She also holds qualifications in rural business management and agriculture.

Cr Rolfe is passionate about making a positive difference to the region. In particular, exploring opportunities for economic growth.

Her achievements include serving as vice-president/treasurer of state farming organisation, AgForce Queensland and vice-president of the National Farmers Federation.

Cr Rolfe moved to the Central Highlands region with her family in the early 1960s.
Cr Charlie Brimblecombe
M: 0417 758 819

Register of interest - April 2020
Councillor Charlie Brimblecombe is serving his third term with council.

An irrigation, dry land and grazing farmer, Cr Brimblecombe has called the Central Highlands home for more than 40 years.

Cr Brimblecombe is an active community member. He is president of the Duaringa Local Ambulance Committee and also serves as a volunteer driver. He is a first officer with Boolburra Rural Fire Brigade and a member of the Duaringa SES. He is also instructor and president for Traditional Shotokan Karate Federation Rockhampton and vice-president of Traditional Shotokan Karate Federation Queensland.

Cr Brimblecombe is a member of the Local Government Water and Sewerage Committee.

He is proud of the work he has done to improve community engagement throughout the Central Highlands region and looks forward to ensuring this continues to strengthen over the next four years.
Cr Joseph Burns
M: 0419 017 968

Register of interest - April 2020
Councillor Joseph Burns is serving his first term with council.

He has lived in the region for 34 years.

Cr Burns works for Wolff Mining at Coronado Curragh Mine, Blackwater. His career highlights include working the roles of dozer push supervisor, semi-autonomous tracked systems operator and trainer assessor.

He volunteers for St Patrick’s parish council in Emerald.
Cr Anne Carpenter
M: 0418 870 985

Register of interest - April 2020
Councillor Anne Carpenter is humbled to join council. She is looking forward to ensuring the community is well informed and getting out and listening to people and responding to their concerns.

Cr Carpenter has lived in the Central Highlands region for her whole life.

She currently works for Elders Rural Services, a job she is very passionate about.

Cr Carpenter is a volunteer for the Springsure Working Horse Association and the Anglican Parish of Springsure and Springsure Show.

She has served on the Game Plan Advisory Committee and is proud to be playing a key role in successfully negotiating for day care in Springsure. Cr Carpenter has also worked on organising committees for six camp draft national finals.
Cr Natalie Curtis
M: 0418 431 727

Register of interest - April 2020
Councillor Natalie Curtis is delighted to be serving her first term with council.

She has lived in the Central Highlands region for 24 years and is looking forward to using her expertise to improve the region’s liveability now and into the future.

Cr Curtis runs her own real estate business. She loves what she does and rates starting her own business and working for herself as a career highlight.

She has a Certificate IV in Real Estate and a Certificate IV in Agricultural Production.

Cr Curtis enjoys volunteering for the Queensland Country Women’s Association Capella Branch.
Cr Megan Daniels
M: 0436 629 053

Register of interest - April 2020

Register of interest May 2020
Councillor Megan Daniels is serving her second term with council.

Cr Daniels holds a Bachelor of Business – Agriculture and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors' (AICD) company directors' course.

She owns a cattle grazing business at Comet.

A long-term resident of the Central Highlands region, Cr Daniels has also lived and worked overseas and across the state.

Cr Daniels is passionate about her role with council and rates becoming a councillor and being able to work with the community as a career highlight.

She is an active volunteer and donates her time and expertise to many organisations.

Cr Daniels is currently deputy-chairperson of Central Highlands Social Services Ltd, deputy-chairperson of Emerald and District Social Development Association (Emerald Neighbourhood Centre), deputy-chairperson of Friends of Emerald, Rural and Remote Communities Inc. (Access Accommodation), director of Central Highlands Development Corporation Ltd. and director of Central Highlands (Qld) Housing Company Ltd.
Cr Janice Moriarty
M: 0418 145 317

Register of interest - May 2020
Councillor Janice Moriarty is serving her first term with council.

She has lived in the region for almost 28 years and runs her own small consultant business, specialising in community/ social development and research projects.

Cr Moriarty’s career highlights include working at Central Queensland University Emerald campus, Central Highlands Development Corporation, the former Department of State Development, Trade and Innovation and Central Highlands Regional Council.

She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration.

Cr Moriarty is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

She rates her greatest achievement as raising her three children Shaun, Luke and Emily and is proud her granddaughters are fifth-generation Moriartys living in Emerald.

Cr Moriarty is also pleased to have actively worked with many volunteers over the years in sporting, school, church and community groups.

A highlight for Cr Moriarty has been her involvement with study tours to the Central Highlands region from the University of Queensland which resulted in several hundred students, mostly from Africa, enjoying and learning about the Central Highlands region.
Cr Gai Sypher
M: 0407 842 622

Register of interest - April 2020
Councillor Gai Sypher is serving her third term with council.

She is passionate about the Central Highlands region which she has called home for more than 50 years and is proud of the work she has done to forge the concept of Community Reference Groups in the region.

In partnership with her husband, Cr Sypher manages a grazing property and transport business. She previously enjoyed an 18 year career with Central Queensland University as an executive manager - an achievement she rates as a career highlight.

She has a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Management (HR).

Cr Sypher has volunteered with the Central Highlands Science Centre for 20 years and is also a volunteer with Yumba Bimbi where she previously served as a board member.

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